ABC is reporting that a South Asian/Indian American family was removed from a flight from Washington’s National Airport (DCA) headed to Orlando, FL for vacation. The family, reported as two brothers, both from Detroit, MI, and their wives and children, were removed because passengers apparently reported they made comments about the safest place to be when on a plane. The families, in which both wives wore the traditional hijab which many (but certainly not all) Muslim womyn wear, were removed from the flight, and prevented from re-booking once all of the plane’s luggage was searched and they were cleared. Instead the family had to book on another flight in order to enjoy their family vacation.
Seems like a pretty blatant example of racial profiling! I will certainly be following this story.